Tuesday, December 29, 2009

one bible

The more I read it the more amazed I am with its unity. The Bible is an amazing revelation of the one true God. I posted recently about it not being a divided book. Yesterday, Tullian Tchividjian reminded us "the Bible tells one story and points to one figure: it tell it tells the story of how God rescues a broken world and points to Christ who accomplishes this."

Sally Lloyd-Jones, author of The Jesus Storybook Bible, writes in the Introduction of that book:

Now, some people think the Bible is a book of rules, telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. The Bible certainly does have some rules in it. They show you how life works best. But the Bible isn’t mainly about you and what you should be doing. It’s about God and what he has done.

Other people think the Bible is a book of heroes, showing you people you should copy. The Bible does have some heroes in it, but (as you’ll soon find out) most of the people in the Bible aren’t heroes at all. They make some big mistakes (sometimes on purpose), they get afraid and run away. At times, they’re downright mean.

No, the Bible isn’t a book of rules, or a book of heroes. The Bible is most of all a Story. It’s an adventure story about a young Hero who comes from a far country to win back his lost treasure. It’s a love story about a brave Prince who leaves his palace, his throne–everything–to rescues the ones he loves. It’s like the most wonderful of fairy tales that has come true in real life!

You see, the best thing about this Story is–it’s true.

There are lots of stories in the Bible, but all the stories are telling on Big Story. The Story of how God loves his children and comes to rescue them.
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in the puzzle–the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture.

chividjian concludes, "My hope and prayer for all of you this upcoming year is that you would come to a bigger, better, deeper, and brighter understanding of this remarkable Story and its infallible Hero!"

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